Pump Hire

Film Production and Events

At Sykes Pumps, we have an unrivalled track record of offering our customers in the film and entertainment industry the necessary equipment to create complex scenes involving water or other liquid products. Our experience working with production companies gives us an excellent understanding of the type of challenges you may face - making it easy for us to recommend the right pumping solution to achieve the effect you are looking for.

Our Experience

As the country’s most prominent specialist hire company, we have the broadest range of pump hire equipment and related accessories for virtually any application. For many years, we have been closely involved with the film and entertainment industries, where our distinct units help to create unusual water-related scenes. By constantly innovating and adding new products to our fleet, we are able to offer customers in your sector the most up-to-date solutions available in the market.

We have highly trained technicians who have direct experience working in this field, which enables them to deliver even complicated solutions based on a well-rounded understanding. But before we commission any pump system, our engineers will consider all the options during a free site survey which will help us ascertain the most appropriate solution for your specific circumstances. We understand the pressure and constraints that you work under and will take this into account when designing the system.

We pride ourselves on having the ability to implement affordable pump packages for the specific needs of our clients. By having depots situated throughout the UK, we are able to provide a local service and guarantee swift response times all year round. Whether you require a handful of units or a complex hire package for months on end, we have the necessary depth of resources and expertise to ensure your demands will be accommodated.

Special Effects

By moving water and other, more expensive liquids, for special effects in the film industry, we provide a wide range of applications demanding advanced, technical solutions. At Sykes Pumps, we have provided support in this activity for over 50 years. Examples of challenges given to us include dams bursting, waterfalls, volcanic eruptions, tropical showers and even the creation of large chocolate rivers.

These visual properties can enhance the way a film or production is perceived and help to construct scenes which would otherwise not be possible without our pumps. We have worked on various high-profile sets over the years and have played our part in capturing some of the most memorable shots in recent memory.

A key priority in this industry is that, due to the high cost of filming, our equipment must work to the specification required first time and every time without fail. Over the years we have managed to develop an extensive client base, and one of the reasons for this is the reliability and effectiveness of our pumps. As the UK’s foremost specialist hire equipment company, we have established a reputation as dependable suppliers of pumps, with the ability to tailor packages to the precise needs of our customers.


At Sykes Pumps, we have played our part in a number of assignments where one-off events require a temporary water flow. For instance, a world-famous annual music festival venue decided to construct a temporary waterfall feature within the grounds. We were contacted by organisers and asked to provide the necessary equipment to generate a constant water circulation at specific flow rates, which worked perfectly to create the ambience they sought in that area of the festival.

Similarly, when one of the world’s leading car manufacturers needed to create a water feature for their highly prestigious exhibition at the London 2012 Olympics, they turned to Sykes Pumps for their advice and equipment to ensure that the spectacular display supported their brand values of quality and reliability.

So whatever you are trying to achieve at your event we have the expertise to be able to help you make that vision a reality. Our experienced technicians will ascertain the most appropriate system for your circumstances, regardless of its scope and size. We will assess, inform, deliver and then install whichever pumps your specific requirements demand and we support you 24/7 every day of the year because we know that your industry isn’t a nine to five operation. To arrange a free site examination conducted by a specialist surveyor or to discuss how our services can benefit you, call us now on 0800 211 611.

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Our range

General Purpose Pumps

Our automatic self-priming GP pumps can handle clean water, sludge and slurry, offering flexible solutions in a multitude of scenarios

Super Silenced Range

The Sykes range of silenced pumps provides clients with a number of durable units suitable for deployment in noise-sensitive applications

High Performance

Capable of flow rates of up to 375 l/s, these high performance pumps are ideal for specialist applications including jetting, pipe flushing and firefighting

Bentonite Pumps

Our Bentonite range features heavy duty pumps that have been manufactured with slurries and testing environments in mind

Submersible Drainage Pumps

Offering variable capacities and easy handling, our submersible drainage range is frequently used on quarries, mines and shipyards

Submersible Wastewater

Featuring more than twenty unique pumps, our submersible wastewater range offers cost-efficient pumping with flow rates up to 440 l/s

Submersible Sludge Pumps

Sykes’ submersible sludge pumps are intended for applications where the fluid present contains solids or has a higher viscosity than water

Hydraulic Submersible

Strong and lightweight, our hydraulic submersible pumps are perfect for hazardous environments where suction lifts exceed nine metres

Air Pumps

Known as pneumatic pumps, these hardwearing air units are recognised for their exceptional reliability and capacity to operate dry

Hoses and Accessories

We stock a full range of ancillary equipment including hoses, valves, control panels, steel pipes, polythene tubing, flow metres and road ramps

Environmental Equipment

This modern range allows clients to uphold their environmental responsibilities and move water, wastewater and sludge in sensitive areas